Victim Advocate

The Victim Advocate team was formed in 1993 when retired Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth recognized a need for assistance to his deputies when responding to a victim at the scene of a crime or serious incident. After volunteers complete a 20 hour training program sponsored by the Michigan Sheriff Association, they may be requested by officers to act as liaisons for victims and their families, who have experienced a traumatic event. Victim Advocates assist affected individuals in finding the resources they need to help them through difficult times by volunteering to:

  • Make appropriate referrals to agencies and services available
  • Comfort and help victims
  • Provides immediate emotional support
  • Provides immediate basic crisis intervention

Members are on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week to respond to:

  • Homicides
  • Suicides
  • Fatal traffic accidents
  • Serious personal injury accidents
  • All other traumatic events

For further information, please contact Lieutenant Danielle Patrick at (517) 676-8260.